Blog 2670 – 11.11.2022
Thank You For Your Service
The above is a phrase that was seldom heard when I returned from Vietnam in late 1970. Those of us Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine personnel serving in that very unpopular war were even advised to take our uniforms off as soon as we arrived home so as not incite those who opposed the war. Somewhere along the line I think we learned to honor those who serve even in unpopular wars for their commitment and sacrifice to our country.
Many serve who do wear military uniforms and I believe we should thank them for their service also, especially those who do the difficult, demanding, and sometimes dirty jobs most of us are unwilling to do.
First Responders, police, fire, and EMT’s have gotten their share of praise for doing very hard and necessary tasks. But, I am thinking of sanitations workers, construction workers, food preparation and service workers, and all the mostly unsung heroes who deserve a “thank you” for their service.
Today we honor military veterans in this country, a tradition that began on the eleventh month, of the eleventh day, at the 11th hour in 1918 when the official papers were signed in Paris ending the First World War. It was originally called Armistice Day, that name was later changed to Veterans Day.
I will wear my Vietnam Veteran cap today and expect to hear a few folks say “thank for your service” to which I will reply “thank you for yours and the privilege it has been to be of service.”
Your friend, fellow traveler, servant, and sometimes angel,
Angels Among Us